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Hribal , Covert J.


Covert J. "Coby" Hribal, of Scottdale, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014, at his residence. Coby was born in Charleston, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Emily Rehanek Hribal. He was a longtime and faithful member of St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, Scottdale, and the church's Usher Society. Coby was a retired crane operator with USX Irvin Works with 30 years of service. He was a member of Scottdale VFW Post 7781, where he held the position of former surgeon, and was very active with the Southmoreland Veterans Association, Military Funeral Honor Guard. He was also a member of Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 0446. He was the former vice president, trustee and auditor of the Polish American Club of Everson. He was a proud veteran of the Navy, having served during World War II as a Seabee with the 37th and 36th Battalions, attaining the rank of seaman. He participated in the invasion of Okinawa and was a recipient of the Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Star, the American Theater and Victory Medals. Coby's memory will forever remain in the hearts of those he loved: his wife of 62 years, Helen Lilliock Hribal, whom he married May 22, 1951; his three loving sons, Alan J. Hribal and wife, Vicki, and Ronald M. Hribal and wife, Mary, all of Scottdale, and Richard M. Hribal and wife, Donna, of West Chester; five grandchildren, Jill Godzilewski and husband, Alex, Matthew, Christopher and Alan Hribal Jr. and Kevin "Butchie" Pritts; three great-grandchildren, Karson Porter, Xandra Godzilewski and Sophia Hribal; and a brother, Harold B. Hribal and wife, Retha, of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, Coby was predeceased by a brother, Charles Hribal Jr.; a sister, Rosella Zaucha; and a grandson, Tyler Hillegas (Oct. 1, 2007). Coby's family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. A Panachida service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A Parastas service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The Divine Liturgy of the Dead will be intoned at 10 a.m. in St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Very Rev. John H. Salko, as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John Byzantine Catholic Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the Southmoreland Veterans Association. To view online obituary, sign guest registry or send flowers, please visit



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